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My family

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This lesson provides an opportunity for primary children to see different kinds of families.

Katherine Bilsborough

In 1993 UNESCO declared 15 May as being the International Day of Families. 'Although families all over the world have transformed greatly over the past decades in terms of their structure and as a result of global trends and demographic changes, the United Nations still recognizes the family as the basic unit of society.' In 2018, The UN's theme for this special day was 'Families and Inclusive Societies'. The aim is to examine the role of families in advancing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 16: promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.

Most primary course books include a unit on families, but they are usually very traditional, with a mum, dad, brother and sister. This lesson provides teachers and primary children with an opportunity to see different kinds of families that might better reflect their own experiences. In this lesson primary children do a series of simple and supported vocabulary and reading activities which lead to them writing about their own families. At the end of the lesson they draw pictures of their families and they make a classroom display of their texts and pictures.


  • To revise family vocabulary and I've got/I haven't got
  • To show examples of different kinds of families where children might see their own experiences represented
  • To develop reading and writing skills
  • To have an opportunity to be creative in a supported way
  • To contribute to a class display

Age group



CEFR level A1/A2


40–50 minutes


The lesson plan and cards can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need paper and crayons for drawing.

Language level
Language Level: 
Primary level 1